District Highlights

Over the past six years, our district has:

  • Achieved the highest graduation rate ever at 88.2% with the class of 2020.
  • Attained one of the highest college going and persistence rates in the region with 87% of scholars who attended a 4-year postsecondary institution continuously enrolled.
  • Increased parent engagement with an average student-led conference participation rate  of 99%.
  • Reimagined and expanded our partnership with the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) to merge TAF Academy with Saghalie Middle School to create TAF@Saghalie, a regional Project-Based Learning (PBL)/STEM program.
  • Increased rates of advanced course taking with 76% of high school scholars in at least one advanced placement course.
  • Launched one of three competency-based schools in the state at Truman Campus.
  • Recognized by Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) as a “Board of Distinction” for 5 consecutive years and “2020 Large School Board of the Year”.
  • Opened the first of two School Based Health Centers in FWPS to increase equitable student access to healthcare.
  • Created one common district course catalog supporting career & college readiness, and partnered with parents in creating K–12 learning partnership guides.
  • Began staff recognition celebrations with the  Because of You Awards and a district sponsored Retirement Dinner.
  • Supported our rich arts programs across our district and began a “Scholar Art  in the City” initiative to showcase the artistic and written talents of our K–12 scholars at local businesses.
  • Expanded communication efforts with the Scholar Chronicle, 100% of all schools having a social media presence with 140% greater reach on the district’s FB page over a 3-year period, and the launch of a district e-newsletter during the pandemic to keep all staff and parents informed on a weekly basis.
  • Passed the largest bond measure in school district history at $450 million and completed schools within budget, and in some instances under budget.
  • Sustained a focus on learning and building a culture of social justice and racial equity including adopting a racial equity policy.
  • Launched an annual STEM Expo for PreK–12 scholars to infuse excitement in STEM/STEAM pathways in a region rich with STEM careers.
  • Launched the first strategic plan in 20 years resulting in system-wide improvements in culture and scholar outcomes.
  • Made a significant investment in curriculum adoptions to ensure high-quality, culturally responsive instruction.
  • To highlight the importance of investing in the whole child as well as the value of the arts, a significant one-time investment is being made that will totally revitalize access to musical instruments across our district.
  • Launched a new early learning initiative with Bezos Academy to bring a Montessori-inspired program to our district starting in the 2021-22 school year.
  • Launched scholar voice and scholar advisories across the district.